Dejuan Jackson, 17, fatally shot while walking with friends - FOX 32 News Chicago

Honor roll student, 17, fatally shot while walking with friends

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: Police said Thursday that a group of thugs shot and killed a 17-year-old boy while he was walking with friends, just outside his grandmother's home.

The shooting occurred Wednesday night on the city's South Side, in the Oakland neighborhood.

Dejuan Jackson, 17, was shot multiple times - once in the head - at 7:07 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Lake Park Avenue. Friends don't believe he was the intended target.

He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Dejuan Jackson is being remembered Thursday as a nice kid who was making good grades and had a bright future ahead of him. He was on the honor roll, had aspirations to study law, and was set to graduate this year.

Grief counselors were on-hand at Sullivan House High School Thursday, to help other students cope with the loss of their classmate.

FOX Chicago News had a chance to speak with Jackson's family, who said they are devastated.

"My cousin was a good kid. Now he's gone. Now he's gone," cousin Shanice Jackson said. "It's crazy."

Jackson's mother said he was a good kid, who did not bother anyone.

"I want people to understand that my son wasn't in a gang and DeJuan got good grades.  He was on his way to college actually and his birthday was next month," said Dorie Jackson, Jackson's mother.

The execution-style shooting has Jackson's family frozen with grief.  Surrounded by family and friends his mother questioned the thugs responsible for pulling the trigger.

"They shot my son in the back of his head like that?  They took my life when they took my boy from me…  For me to get that call to say they killed my son, for what," said Jackson.

"Where is the police?  They need some kind of help down there.  They changed the area made it beautiful and nice for upcoming people, low income people... where's the police?  They need help down there," said Rose Jackson, Jackson's aunt.

As of Thursday at noon, Chicago police had not made any arrests. The family asks anyone with information about this shooting to come forward. As standard practice, Chicago police do not release police staffing numbers or location information.  They do say Jackson had no apparent gang affiliation and his family wants to ensure he's remembered as a good kid with good grades.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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